“Insider Tips for Navigating the Publishing Process” with Brenda Knight — May 18th, 2014

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From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple.

Twenty-two-year publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking. “I have acquired over one thousand books in my career, including a few New York Times best sellers. One of the great joys in my life is to help authors get their work into print and published successfully,” says Knight.

Brenda Knight started her career at HarperCollins, where she fell in love with publishing. Today she is the publisher of Cleis Press and founder and publisher of Viva Editions, an imprint of Cleis Press.

Knight is also the author of Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award, and The Grateful Table: Blessing, Prayers and Graces for the Daily Meal.

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Save the Date! Our Annual Picnic is Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Watch for your invite to the CWC Statewide picnic in July! This wonderful tradition brings writers from all over California to Joaquin Miller’s back yard for good food and good stories.

Pick something you’d like to read to the group, and start your dreaming and scheming for our celebrated LitCake contest, too… some talented decorator will take home the coveted Golden Fork Award!

When:  Saturday July 19, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where:  The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland.

What else?

  • Bring a dish to share
  • Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments provided by the CWC
  • Watch for info about the Open Mic

Questions: Contact Linda Brown 510-530-1261

Add the event to your Google Calendar!  

The Coveted Golden Fork Award

The Coveted Golden Fork Award (photo by Elaine Webster, Dual Member: Marin & Redwood Branches)

APRIL SPEAKERS — “An Atomic Love Story” with Streshinsky and Klaus — Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Robert Oppenheimer was the man most responsible for the remarkable scientific development of the atomic bomb, which significantly shortened the Second World War. An Atomic Love Story is the story of the three extraordinary women in his life who helped shape the man. He loved each with a loyalty that lasted all his life, and each loved him.

Superbly researched through a rich collection of first hand accounts, this intimate portrait shares the tragedies, betrayals and romances of an alluring man and three bold women. It reveals how they pushed to the very forefront of social and cultural changes in a fascinating, volatile era.

Shirley Streshinsky is the critically acclaimed author of three works of nonfiction and four historical novels.

Patricia Klaus received her Ph.D. in Modern British History from Stanford where she specialized in women’s studies. 

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The April Write Angles Is Here!

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Below is the April 2014 issue of Write Angles.

 

Inside you’ll find information about our upcoming speakers, thank-yous to three special volunteers, meeting highlights from NorCal and the Central Board, details on many events around the Bay Area, and a question to answer: what is the best book you’ve read in the last few years?

Enjoy!

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See you Sunday! FREE Critique Group Forum with Vicki Hudson

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Looking for the right critique group? Meet our members this Sunday, as Vicki Hudson, author of  No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critiquewill lead a panel of our critique group leaders and help you figure out which one is right for you.

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See you this Sunday, March 16th, in the basement meeting room of the Oakland main library (our regular spot at 125 14th St. – see map). Facilitators who currently host Berkeley Branch critique/support groups are: David Baker, Anne Fox, Walter Price, and Bruce Shiguera.

We’ll have refreshments and mingle at 2:00, conduct a bit of business and make a few announcements at 2:30, hear a member read at 2:45, and start the panel discussion at 3:00.

Also, a reminder that the contest deadline for the 5th Grade Story Contest has been extended to March 24. Please tell all 5th grade teachers! Members should plan to volunteer to read the wonderful stories.

See you Sunday!

Story Contest Deadline Extended to March 24!

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Please share this post with ALL 5th grade teachers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties! The 5th grade story contest deadline has been extended to the end of the month. Flyer is attached.

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March Issue of Write Angles Is Out!

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This issue has enough reading material to last you through the month! The March issue of Write Angles has the results of the member survey, a preview of our critique group forum, a member profile, contest news, a book review, a map of CWC branches statewide, bios of Central Board officers, creative personal narratives submitted by readers, one author’s writing journey, and more.

I’m also attaching the latest member survey for those of you who didn’t get a chance to fill one out already. Please take a few minutes to give feedback and send it back to me at Berkeley-cwc@gmail.com.

And I hope to see you at both of our March events—the critique group forum at our regular meeting spot in the basement of the Oakland main library at 2:00 on Sunday, March 16, and a social gathering at the Albatross in Berkeley at 5:00 on Friday, March 28.

Happy reading!

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